On the 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve I’ll be sharing with you some of my favourite Christmas-based crafty activities. (Most of them will be – or have been – tried by yours truly!)
Time to find out what I did with the rest of that book from day Nine!:
On The Eleventh Craft of Christmas, I will share with you:
After I decimated a book back in the Ninth Craft of Christmas I wanted to do something with the remains of the novel. I mean, I’d committed a cardinal sin and harmed the written word, I may as well use every bit I could.
Cue this little makeover tutorial from Craftandcreativity. It’s genius! The baubles look really cute and vintage-y, while you’re saving money by using old rubbish baubles you would otherwise throw away.
I used old white and grey baubles because I thought that brighter colours would be more difficult to hide and may take more layers of paper to mask. As it is, the white and grey baubles covered really well and didn’t take too much work at all.
The tutorial uses newspaper and I was concerned that the thickness of the book’s paper would be a problem for this Craft, but the book was old and the paper was quite thin, so I forged ahead and gave it a go (plus the only newspaper I have access to is the free metro, and my baubles won’t look classy with all the pictures they put in there on them – no hate metro, you’re the only paper I actually read!)
I haven’t done anything paper mache related since I was in primary school, so it took me a while to get the feel right, but once I did it was really easy to get them looking great.
Leaving them to try was the most torturous time – I’m super impatient and love a bit of instant-gratification in my makes. To leave these overnight and not be able to rethread and hang them until the next day was frustrating.
When I finally did get to hang them, I’d wanted to go with a lacy, vintage sort of ribbon to match the feel of the baubles, but I couldn’t find anything appropriate, so I ended up keeping the silver thread that matches the top of the bauble – at least for now!
They give the tree this different edge that I like. More and more of my own decorations mean the tree is unique!
It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow. I hope you all have a nice day, whatever you’re doing – I’ll be busy visiting family – which is really what Christmas is all about!
What are your alternative uses for books? Besides reading them of course!